Many happy returns Sachin Tendulkar on turning 42. There was a huge temptation to turn this into another stats-driven piece on you; for a few minutes we even looked up the relevance of the number 42 in your career.
The really young ones may swear by Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and others, but they really don't have a choice if their parents wear you on their sleeves.
We went through your 'Playing It My Way' this year. For a lot of us, the heroes are your mother and father. They let you be. Trust some parents among us when we say we are scared to look past the safety net and let our 11-year-olds or teens spread their wings.
So, instead of numbers, we choose to walk down memory lane with pictures. Have a fabulous 42nd maestro.